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By: John Hodges

SING! Texas presents

in association with SING! Toronto and the A Cappella Education Assocation


Are you a fan of great vocal music? If so, you won’t want to miss Austin’s newest music festival, SING! The Austin Vocal Arts Festival, debuting on October 25 at the Long Center. Whether you love choral music, barbershop, vocal jazz, contemporary a cappella, or all of the above, this festival has something for you. From 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., enjoy a full day of workshops, master classes and showcases with exceptional local and international artists and presenters. Top the day off by enjoying international recording artists, Straight No Chaser, in concert at 8:00 p.m.

In addition to homegrown Texas talent, Chorus AustinA Cappella Texas, the AustonettesParadigm, and Clearly Vocal, Austin welcomes SING! Toronto recording artists, legendary a cappella icons, The Nylons, folk trio The O’Pears, and indie jazz songstress Alissa Vox Raw. In support of the Toronto-Austin Music City Alliance, we are pleased to feature the best in Toronto vocal music.

Festival attendees will receive exclusive access to a behind the scenes Q&A with Straight No Chaser. Educational presentations, live demonstrations and interactive panels will explore a wide range of topics for amateur and professional singers alike, such as audition strategies, the business of music, promoting your group, unlocking your vocal potential, beat boxing, live looping, and more.

Choral music enthusiasts will enjoy a pre-festival concert featuring Chorus Austin, Friday, October 24 at 8:00 p.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church. There will be a repeat performance on Saturday, October 25 at 8:00 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church. Chorus Austin is celebrating their 50th season and we are proud to partner with them on this special occasion.


Tickets are $75 for an all-access pass (including ticket to Straight No Chaser) and $25 for a festival day pass. Tickets and details are available at singtexas.org.

701 W. Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704 

Schedule for Saturday, October 25 (subject to change)
9:00 a.m. Registration/Vocal Warmups with the O'Pears
10:00 a.m. Workshops 
11:00 a.m. Large Group Showcase (feat. A Cappella Texas, Chorus Austin)
12:00 p.m. Lunch (available for purchase)/Q&A with The Nylons and friends
1:00 p.m. Small Group Showcase (feat. Paradigm, the Austonettes)
2:00 p.m. Workshops
3:00 p.m. Celebrate Toronto Showcase (feat. The Nylons, the O’Pears and Alissa Vox Raw)
4:45 p.m. Q&A with Straight No Chaser
5:30 p.m. Supper (on your own)
8:00 p.m. Straight No Chaser

The festival is presented by SING! Texas, a non-profit organization dedicated to the support and development of vocal arts in Texas. SING! Texas is associated with a family of festivals started by SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival. Designed to celebrate vocal artists both local and international, with a focus on a cappella music, we are joined in collaboration by the same goals: to illustrate that the voice knows no limits. SING! festivals have brought together tens of thousands of music lovers, singers, educators, conductors, and tourists to experience some of the most innovative and exciting vocal artists from a multiplicity of backgrounds and styles. In short, we've come together to give new voice to the voice.

We are extremely grateful to the Long Center, the City of Toronto, Chorus Austin, Affordable Sound, and SING! Toronto for their support. If you would like to help support vocal arts in Texas, please contact us at (903) 312-9903 orcontact@singtexas.org.


SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival
May 28–31, 2015

SING! Austin